Photoshop CS5 Finishing Touches for Photographers, with Dave Cross

Learn to create stylistic edge effects, HDR effects, vignette effects, editable templates, and many other creative finishing touches that will take your photography to a whole new level!

Take your photography from “Whoa!” to “WOW!” Learn today’s hottest techniques used by top creative pros to add jaw-dropping finishing touches to your photographs. Learn to create stylistic edge effects, HDR effects, vignette effects, editable templates, and many other creative finishing touches that will take your photography to a whole new level!

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:45)

Join Dave as he welcomes you to the class with an overview of the kinds of techniques he will teach you in the lessons to follow.

Lesson 2: The Fundamentals (Duration 09:19)

Everyone needs to know the basics, from setting up Camera Raw to using layer masks, before moving on to the more advanced finishing touches. Many techniques build on other concepts, so make sure you start with a firm foundation.

Lesson 3: High Contrast Grunge Effects (Duration 13:04)

Learn a few different ways of achieving an almost HDR-like effect with a single image using layer blending modes, layer masks, sharpening, and HDR toning that can be applied to any type of photo.

Lesson 4: Layer Mask Edge Effects (Duration 05:03)

Applying one or more filters to a layer mask can create cool edge effects.

Lesson 5: Edge Effects with Smart Objects (Duration 08:39)

Building on the previous lesson, Dave shows another approach for creating edge effects using smart objects and smart filters for more flexibility.

Lesson 6: Randomize Edge with a Brush (Duration 06:20)

Learn how you can use the Brush tool to create eye-catching edge effects without painting by hand.

Lesson 7: Stroking a Path with Other Tools (Duration 05:12)

Building on the previous lesson, Dave demonstrates that you can stroke a path with other tools for even more interesting results.

Lesson 8: Mask Panel (Duration 04:11)

Use the Mask panel to tweak existing layer masks and take your effects to new places.

Lesson 9: Create a Layout from One Photo Part 1 (Duration 06:54)

Content Aware Fill can clean up a photo to turn it into a background for a multi-image layout made from a single photo.

Lesson 10: Create a Layout from One Photo Part 2 (Duration 06:08)

In a variation of the previous lesson, Dave shows how you can also use Content Aware Scale and smart objects to create a multi-image layout from a single photo.

Lesson 11: Creating Patterns (Duration 10:12)

Create a custom pattern from an element in your main photo to create a background for a layout.

Lesson 12: Mixer Brush Edge Effects (Duration 13:07)

Create custom edge effects with the Mixer brush and a layer mask that is editable and reusable with other photos.

Lesson 13: Vignette Effect (Duration 05:01)

Here's a cool technique for a flexible vignette effect using a curves adjustment layer and the Mask panel.

Lesson 14: Flexible Layout Template (Duration 09:28)

Building on previous techniques, Dave shows you how to create a flexible layout template that includes interesting edges and a border effect.

Lesson 15: Introduce a Texture (Duration 12:43)

Use the Blend If sliders and blend modes to add interesting textures to your photo with a high degree of control and versatility.

Lesson 16: Create an Effect Library (Duration 12:00)

Watch as Dave shows you how to use the flexibility of smart objects to create a library of effects that are ready to use in other projects.

Lesson 17: Wrap Up (Duration 00:40)

Dave provides a quick recap of the class.

Meet Your Instructor: Dave Cross

For over 25 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Starting with Adobe Illustrator classes in 1987, Dave has taught…

5 Comments

  1. Dave Cross is a genius! GREAT speaker. a linguist, and speaks with such authority! I love to listen to him. Diction, and a great command of the English language. AND.........of course, such good things to say. I thought I knew most everything (ha), but took several pages of notes as he was speaking. Thanks Dave. Nice stuff. sarah musumeci

  2. Dave is a really good teacher! Just wish he would tell us every little keyboard short cut he is using. You can see he just clicked on something but he does not tell you and for use beginners, it would help a lot for us to follow along to know everything he is clicking on the keyboard PLEASE! ---- No, I'd keep it between us

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